Carlton CEO Brian Cook diagnosed with COVID-19

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Carlton CEO Brian Cook has tested positive for COVID-19, but Carlton’s football program and draft night will not be adversely affected.

New coach Michael Voss and football manager Brad Lloyd will not be present at the draft, however, as they have been identified as close contacts.

New Blues CEO Brian Cook has tested positive for COVID-19.Credit:Getty Images

The 66-year-old Cook received the positive diagnosis as part of the club’s regular testing program, but those involved in the recruiting department have tested negative and been cleared to be involved in Wednesday night’s national draft.

Carlton do not have a pick on the opening night of the draft and are not expected to trade into the first round, so are unlikely to make their first selection until Thursday night.

All players, administration staff and select football department staff had to be tested on Wednesday afternoon.

The AFL players trained on Wednesday and have a scheduled day off on Thursday, while the AFLW program is unaffected.

Cook is fully vaccinated and sources said he was feeling OK.

He is the second club CEO to test positive to COVID-19, with Essendon’s Xavier Campbell testing positive last week while two Richmond players, Dion Prestia and Noah Balta, as well as Hawthorn’s Finn Maginness, have also had COVID-19.

The AFL is drafting a plan with disruption expected through the pre-season and AFLW season due to COVID-19 cases.

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